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  • Solar plane takes off from Egypt on final leg of world tour
    Reuters

    Solar plane takes off from Egypt on final leg of world tour

    By Lila Hassan CAIRO (Reuters) - An aircraft powered by solar energy left Egypt on Sunday on the last leg of the first ever fuel-free flight around the globe. Solar Impulse 2, a spindly single-seat plane, took off from Cairo in darkness en route to Abu Dhabi, its final destination, with a flight expected to take between 48 and 72 hours. The plane, which began its journey in Abu Dhabi in March 2015, has been piloted in turns by Swiss aviators Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard in a campaign to build support for clean energy technologies.

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  • Russian priest finishes record-breaking hot air balloon flight
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    Russian priest finishes record-breaking hot air balloon flight

    Breaking the record for the shortest trip around the world in a hot air balloon, 64-year-old Russian explorer Fedor Konyukhov finished his 11-day journey in the Australian Outback on Saturday morning, dropping down 100 miles from his initial departure point. Tracking the balloon with six helicopters as it prepared to descend, team members assisted Konyukhov with the landing, described by the crew as perhaps the most difficult part of the trip. Konyukhov, a Russian Orthodox priest, began his trip from Northam, Australia, on July 12 before flying across the Pacific Ocean, South America and back to Australia. Konyukhov surpassed the previous record for a solo balloon flight around the world, held by American Steve Fossett, who in 2002 took 13 days and eight hours while traveling a route 600 miles shorter.

  • People often defend an alleged rapist's character. Here's why you should doubt them
    Mashable

    People often defend an alleged rapist's character. Here's why you should doubt them

    This person vouches for the perpetrator, who in many high-profile cases is accused of sexual harassment, domestic violence or rape. Think, for instance, of Geraldo Rivera and Greta Van Susteren, two Fox News anchors among many who contradicted their former colleague Gretchen Carlson and eagerly defended their boss, Roger Ailes, against charges of sexual harassment in recent weeks. Or consider the friends and family who wrote dozens of letters attesting to the moral character of Brock Turner, a Stanford student found guilty of sexual assault.

  • The Cheat Sheet

    7 Ways That 'Star Trek' Changed the World

    The idea that Star Trek has changed the world might sound as farfetched as some of the USS Enterprise’s spacefaring missions, but the truth is that the science fiction series has directly or indirectly impacted both our present and future. It seems like an absurd statement — when creator Gene Roddenberry was first kicking around the idea in 1964, he probably never imagined that Star Trek would still be around in 2016 with reboots in the pipeline. Here are seven ways that Star Trek changed the world. 1.

  • "Shark Tank" Star Reveals #1 Mortgage Payoff Tip

    "Shark Tank" Star Reveals #1 Mortgage Payoff Tip

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  • Algae blooms intensified by human activity, possibly climate change
    The Columbus Dispatch

    Algae blooms intensified by human activity, possibly climate change

    The stench of decaying algae began rising from coastal waterways in southeastern Florida early this month, shutting down businesses and beaches during a critical tourism season. Officials arrived, surveyed the toxic muck and declared states of emergency in four counties. Residents shook their heads, then their fists, organizing rallies and haranguing local officials. In truth, there was little they could do: The disaster that engulfed the St. Lucie River and its estuary had been building for weeks. In May, a 33-square-mile algae bloom crept over Lake Okeechobee, the vast headwaters of the Everglades. After an unseasonably wet winter, the Army Corps of Engineers was forced to discharge water from

  • Reuters

    China completes world's largest amphibious aircraft: Xinhua

    China has completed production of the world's largest amphibious aircraft after seven years of work, which it plans to use to perform marine rescue missions and fight forest fires, the Xinhua news agency reported. The AG600, which is about the size of a Boeing 737 and was developed by state aircraft maker Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), rolled off a production line in the southern city of Zhuhai on Saturday, Xinhua said quoting the firm. AVIC deputy general manager, Geng Rugang, said the plane was "the latest breakthrough in China's aviation industry." A plan for the development and production of the AG600 received government approval in 2009.

  • What Kind of Rock Would You Be?
    Scientific American Blog Network

    What Kind of Rock Would You Be?

    Shurgoshan asks me, "What kind of rock would you be?" I'd be the schist, of course! I mean, sure, I could've chosen something more serenely sedimentary, with delicate colors and textures. I could've been igneous, firey and explosive. I could've even chosen to be a valuable ore, or a gorgeous semi-precious gemstone. All of those are fabulous choices. But I'm completely schist. I mean, honestly, I'd love being able to introduce myself with comic grandiosity: "I'm the schist!" or mock self-deprecation: "I'm just a little schist." People would ask me how I'm doing, and I could be all, "I feel like schist!" I'm sort of punny that way. If I were schist, I'd have such a history. I'd be very, very old:

  • A Sad Day For The NFL

    A Sad Day For The NFL

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  • Associated Press

    Scientists work toward storing digital information in DNA

    Her computer, Karin Strauss says, contains her "digital attic" — a place where she stores that published math paper she wrote in high school, and computer science schoolwork from college. Strauss, who works at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington, is working to make that sci-fi fantasy a reality. Rather, they aim to help companies and institutions archive huge amounts of data for decades or centuries, at a time when the world is generating digital data faster than it can store it.

  • Da Vinci's 'irrelevant' doodles actually contain his most revolutionary physics discovery
    Business Insider

    Da Vinci's 'irrelevant' doodles actually contain his most revolutionary physics discovery

    Although it has been common knowledge that Da Vinci conducted the first systematic study of friction (which underpins the modern science of tribology, or the study of friction, lubrication, and wear), we didn't know how and when he came up with these ideas. Hutchings was able to put together a detailed chronology, pinpointing Da Vinci's "aha" moment to a single page of scribbles penned in red chalk in 1493. Almost a century later, Hutchings thought this page was worth a second look.

  • Reuters

    'Brain training' cut dementia risk in healthy adults -U.S. study

    By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - A computerized brain training program cut the risk of dementia among healthy people by 48 percent, U.S. researchers said on Sunday in reporting an analysis of the results of a 10-year study. The preliminary findings, presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Toronto, are the first to show that any kind of intervention could delay the development of dementia in normal, healthy adults. To date, cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists have largely rejected evidence that computer-based cognitive-training software or "brain games" have any effect on cognitive function.

  • Son Tells Investigators How He Stole Millions With Dad: Part 5
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    Son Tells Investigators How He Stole Millions With Dad: Part 5

    Vincent Cabello told investigators where they hid the stolen money in a safe deposit box in Washington.

  • He rises before the sun: the life of an Orange County farmer
    Los Angeles Times

    He rises before the sun: the life of an Orange County farmer

    McKay Smith awakens before the sun rises and retires for the day as the sun sets. As a farmer, working long hours seems to be in his DNA. Smith, 56, has three organic farms — in Fountain Valley, Irvine and Huntington Beach. His Irvine farm is the largest, spanning 8.5 acres. Organic farming is only for the strong of heart. These days Smith has to contend not only with hungry pests and coyotes but also with economic forces that threaten as well to devour the land. His farms, especially the one in Irvine, sit on prime acreage for real estate development. He leases the land, so any decision to do something else with it would not be made by him. "The property is worth so much money," he said. "The

  • What Bees Can Teach Us About Why People Should Run Their Own Lives
    thefederalist.com

    What Bees Can Teach Us About Why People Should Run Their Own Lives

    Individual honey bees aren’t very smart, yet honey bee hives, which may contain tens of thousands of individual bees, show remarkable intelligence. Scientists who study this type of swarm intelligence point out a key ingredient: no one is in charge. The hive functions just fine with no management, just countless interactions between individual bees with each following simple rules of thumb. A system like this is called self-organizing. Life itself is self-organizing. That’s how swarm intelligence works: simple creatures following simple rules, each one acting on local information. No bee sees the big picture. No bee tells any other bee what to do. No fearless leader is required or desired. In

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  • Philippines reviewing 'crazy' climate pledges: Duterte
    AFP

    Philippines reviewing 'crazy' climate pledges: Duterte

    The Philippines is reviewing its "crazy" commitment to severely cut greenhouse-gas emissions in the Paris climate deal, new President Rodrigo Duterte has warned. The government of predecessor Benigno Aquino had pledged to the United Nations to cut the Asian country's emissions by 70 percent by 2030 from 2000 levels if it got support from developed nations to convert to clean technologies. "I have misgivings about this Paris (climate deal).... The problem is these industrialised countries have reached their destination," Duterte said in a series of speeches during a visit to the southern island of Mindanao on Friday.

  • NASA Gives Employees Guardians of the Galaxy Patch
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    NASA Gives Employees Guardians of the Galaxy Patch

    Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2 has been generating a lot of buzz during the lead-up to and including San Diego Comic Con 2016 where tomorrow it’ll have a panel during the Marvel Studios Hall H presentation. The sequel to the outer-space superhero ensemble won’t be hitting theaters till summer 2017, but that hasn’t stopped fans getting excited about what little we have seen so far. Directed by James Gunn, the followup to Guardians of the Galaxy features the original cast alongside some new faces from the comic books, and this year’s SDCC has already shown us a new portrait of Yondu along with a concept art poster featuring the new, and larger team roster. Now NASA is even getting in on the Guardians

  • The Columbus Dispatch

    Geology: Mediterranean sediment points to huge ancient earthquake

    The Mediterranean Sea is one of the most seismically active areas on Earth. That's especially true of the Ionian Sea, which is 13,000 feet deep and lies between Italy and Greece. One effect of those quakes is the production of thick layers of sediments called turbidites. An earthquake can stir up huge quantities of sediment near the shore. Because that muddy water is heavier than the surrounding clear water, it flows downslope, like a truck without its brakes, sometimes at speeds of more than 50 mph. That sediment-laden flow is called a turbidity current. Once the turbidity current reaches the flat sea bottom, the flow's velocity slowly decreases, and the larger pebbles settle out first, followed

  • Take a 3D Tour Inside the Apollo 11 Command Module
    Popular Mechanics

    Take a 3D Tour Inside the Apollo 11 Command Module

    Yesterday, we celebrated the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, the historic initiative that landed astronauts on the moon. The only part of the Apollo 11 spacecraft to make it back to earth was the command module "Columbia," where astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin lived throughout the eight day mission. Since its landing on July 24th, 1969, the Columbia has been kept sealed in plexiglass at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. That is, until recently, when the software company Autodesk was allowed a rare opportunity to use their high-tech 3D scanning equipment to create a simulation of the spacecraft that anyone on the internet can explore. This was no

  • Hyundai analyzes 12 trends that will shape the world of 2030
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    Hyundai analyzes 12 trends that will shape the world of 2030

    Hyundai announced this year the start of Project Ioniq, its attempt at figuring out what the world of 2030 will be like. Of course the project would also use that information to determine how that world will affect the transportation industry. And it happens to share its name with the company's newest eco-friendly model. The first part of Project Ioniq is under way with the Ioniq Lab. This lab will be run by Dr. Soon Jong Lee, a professor at Seoul National University. Lee is also in charge of the Korea Future Design and Research Institute, and ten researchers and ten consultant experts will assist him on the project. Phase one has now yielded what Hyundai sees as 12 "megatrends" that will affect

  • A groundbreaking scientist in Cameroon is worried about how little of his funding comes from Africa
    Quartz

    A groundbreaking scientist in Cameroon is worried about how little of his funding comes from Africa

    Last year, Wilfred Ndifon, a Cameroonian scientist, announced that his research into the human body’s immune system had solved a 70-year-old immunological mystery. His discovery promises to make it easier to produce more efficient vaccines. In the long run, Ndifon’s pioneering research could reduce the prevalence of infectious diseases and halt the spread of diseases like malaria and HIV, which plague Africa in particular. But Ndifon, one of the honorees at Quartz’s Africa Innovators summit this week in Nairobi, says despite the benefits of improving healthcare and life expectancy on the continent, he receives very little support from governments in Africa. “What I do would not be possible without

  • Final Goodbye - 'She Was The Love of My Life'

    Final Goodbye - 'She Was The Love of My Life'

    Burt Opens Up Finally About Sally Relationship.

  • Mummy Hair Points to a Low-Stress Life in Ancient South America
    Scientific American

    Mummy Hair Points to a Low-Stress Life in Ancient South America

    Several anthropological studies show that, just like other pre-Hispanic natives, those who inhabited the desert in northern Chile faced periods of food shortages, severe weather conditions, crippling diseases and violence. This interpretation “is different from what had been assumed so far,” says Hermann Niemeyer, head of the Laboratory of Organic Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Chile, and one of the authors of the study. Niemeyer and his colleagues took hair samples from 19 mummies of San Pedro de Atacama, five of them from the Middle Period (400 to 1000 AD) and the rest from the Late Intermediate Period (1000 to 1400 AD), and measured the capillary concentration of cortisol, a hormone released in response to real or perceived threats.

  • The Economist

    Atoms and the voids

    WHAT if “we can arrange the atoms the way we want; the very atoms, all the way down”? So asked the physicist Richard Feynman in an influential 1959 lecture called “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom”. This manipulation would mean that information, like text, could be written using atoms themselves. Feynman predicted that the entire “Encyclopædia Britannica” could be written on the head of a pin. Three decades later, a group of scientists at IBM managed exactly that. They were able to write the firm’s name using 35 xenon atoms resting on a sheet of nickel—the first demonstration of precise atomic placement. Individual atoms, though, tend to jiggle around. They jiggle less at lower temperatures,

  • De-extinction: Resurrecting the past to save the future?
    Chicago Tribune

    De-extinction: Resurrecting the past to save the future?

    A passenger pigeon flits by your window, its coos joining the cacophony of bird songs as day breaks. A hemisphere away, woolly mammoths lumber over the Siberian steppe, devouring vast stretches of sedge. In western Europe, aurochs, a species of cattle memorialized by prehistoric cave paintings in Lascaux, lazily soak in a summer day on a French hillock overlooking the Rhone. Not exactly pages from a "Jurassic Park" script. An auroch just doesn't stir the blood like a velociraptor does. But, as science charges into the era of genetic manipulation, the notion of bringing back species that existed thousands or tens of thousands of years ago may not be that far off. That begs an obvious question.

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  • How Do Solar Sails Work?
    Forbes

    How Do Solar Sails Work?

    A 20-meter solar sail and boom system, developed by ATK Space Systems of Goleta, Calif., is fully deployed during testing at NASA Glenn Research Center’s Plum Brook facility in Sandusky, Ohio. Blue lights positioned beneath the system help illuminate the four triangular sail quadrants as they lie outstretched in Plum Brook’s Space Power Facility — the world’s largest space environment simulation chamber. The material is produced under license by SRS Technologies of Huntsville, Ala. The deployment, part of a series of tests in April, is a critical milestone in the development of solar sail propulsion technology that could lead to more ambitious inner Solar System robotic exploration. The more energetic the wave is, the higher its frequency, and so dividing by frequency is just another way of slicing by energy levels.

  • NASA’s laser-shooting Mars rover can now make its own decisions
    Business Insider

    NASA’s laser-shooting Mars rover can now make its own decisions

    Recently, NASA gifted its Martian explorer with the ability to pick and choose which space rocks to zap with its laser. Using something called the Chemistry and Camera instrument (ChemCham), the rover picks a target and shoots laser pulses at it. Over the course of the Curiosity Rover’s life on Mars, scientists have used its tiny laser to inspect more than 1,400 targets.

  • The chicken is the most underrated member of the animal kingdom
    The Verge

    The chicken is the most underrated member of the animal kingdom

    This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight. Some people ask, what came first, the chicken or the egg? To me, that question is akin to asking whether basketball or Michael Jordan came first. The answer, in both cases, is that the later thing redefined the earlier thing to the point of fundamentally transforming it. MJ turned the sport of basketball into a global spectacle, while the chicken made the egg a universal staple of human diets everywhere. The smartphone came first, but it was the iPhone that made it matter.